How Long Does It Take Latex Paint to Cure?

Latex, or water-based paint, may take up to 30 days to fully cure. Fresh latex paint should be allowed to cure for at least 14 days before wiping or washing to prevent damage to the paint finish.

Latex paint can be used indoors or outdoors on walls and wood. The main ingredient in latex paint is water. Because latex paint dries quickly, is easy to clean and provides a nice, durable finish. It is an alternative option to oil-based paint. Latex paint may dry to the touch quickly, but it is susceptible to damage until it is fully cured, which can take up to a month.